Cinepocalypse 2018

Thu, Jun 21st, 2018 to Thu, Jun 28th, 2018

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The Music Box Theatre is proud to announce their full slate of 2018 programming and guests for the sophomore year of CINEPOCALYPSE, which will take place June 21 - 28 at Chicago’s majestic Music Box Theatre. The Midwest’s largest gathering of genre films and fans, the festival’s organizers are proud to have Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill as Co-Presidents of their 2018 Feature Film Jury. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, FilmFreeway, and Twitter for regular updates.

Alongside the previously-announced Derrickson and Cargill, the festival is deeply proud to welcome writer-director Lana Wachowski, who will host a special screening of her debut 1996 film Bound. Wachowski, along with her sister Lilly, changed the face of science fiction cinema with 1999's The Matrix, and continue to open eyes and drop jaws with Netflix's acclaimed Sense8, which comes to an epic close this June. 

Accepting Cinepocalypse's 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award is the legendary Ernest R. Dickerson. The director of 1995's Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight, Dickerson began his career as a Director of Photography on John Sayles' Brother from Another Planet (1984) and George A. Romero's Tales from the Darkside television series (1985) before lensing the first five films from director Spike Lee. Having also directed the Tupac-starring gang drama Juice (1992) and Snoop Dogg horror title Bones(2001), Dickerson now regularly terrifies TV audiences as a director on Under the Dome, Dexter, and The Walking Dead. The festival is deeply humbled to also have Dickerson join them in hosting special 35mm screenings of both Juice and Demon Knight.

Closing out the festival with a bang, Cinepocalypse celebrates the 30th anniversary of one of the most iconic cult films of all time, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE with the Chiodo Brothers in attendance! Also joining the festival this year is director Stephen Hopkins, who will host a special 25th Anniversary screening of his phenomenal Chicago-shot thriller, Judgment Night; and comedian Jonah Ray (Netflix's Mystery Science Theater 3000), who will appear on the first-ever live recording of Drew McWeeny and Scott Weinberg's acclaimed, nostalgia-fueled podcast, "80s All Over." 

In addition to the previously-announced World Premiere of Michael Winnick's Malicious (from Get Out producer Shaun Redick), Cinepocalypse is proud to host the first looks at eight other features, including our Opening Night film, Orion's The Domestics; Blumhouse's Boogeyman Pop (produced by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story screenwriter Chris Weitz); and Snowfort Pictures' killer drone thriller Hover, starring The Last Man on Earth's Cleopatra Coleman. The full slate of phenomenal feature films are being released today, with this year's incredible selection of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and action representing the latest and greatest in genre cinema from around the globe.

Cinepocalypse 2018's stunning poster is from legendary album artist Ed Repka. The creative director of NECA, Ed is best-known for creating the cover art to Megadeth's "Peace Sells But Who's Buying" and "Rust in Peace". To celebrate his incredible contributions to the world of heavy metal, the festival is releasing its 2018 guide as a collectible 7" vinyl sleeve, with their lineup information inside the pocket.


Also Showing During Cinepocalypse 2018

Doctor X (Rare 35mm Screening) - USA, 1932 | Dir. Michael Curtiz

The great granddaddy of body horror movies, Doctor X is a 1932 genre mash-up that may as well have been grafted together on the operating table with a healthy dollop of synthetic flesh. Simultaneously a gruesome moonlight murder mystery and a saucy pre-Code newspaper comedy, Doctor X was photographed in the two-strip Technicolor process, which renders the morgue visits and grisly medical experiments in an eerily unreal color palette. Starring Fay Wray (King Kong) and Lionell Atwill (Mystery at the Wax Museum). Says Hollywood Babylon's Kenneth Anger, "There is something for everyone in this picture: cannibalism, dismemberment, rape, and necrophilia -- and a piquant kinky bonus when Atwill displays erotic arousal at the sight of Preston Foster unscrewing his artificial arm.”


PRICING AND PASS INFORMATION

4-day All-Access Pass $125 GA / $100 MBT Member 

  • Admits 1 to all film screenings, events, and parties from June 21-24, 2018 of Cinepocalypse at the Music Box Theatre.  

Full Festival All Access Pass $175 GA / $150 MBT Member

  • Admits 1 to all film screenings, events, and parties from June 21-28, 2018 of Cinepocalypse at the Music Box Theatre

CINEPOCALYPSE is looking for Volunteers! Volunteer duties at CINEPOCALYPSE include ushering, handing out brochures and ballots, collecting audience ballots, assisting with small tasks, set-up and clean-up, and any needs at the after parties.  As a CINEPOCALYPSE volunteer you will receive a complimentary ticket for a screening of your choice during CINEPOCALYPSE or for any regular programmed screening at the Music Box. Shifts that are 4 hours or more qualify for 2 complimentary tickets. 

We are also looking for Volunteers BEFORE the festival on June 1st from 10am – 2pm to help stuff all the promotional materials into the programs. Lunch will be provided this day and it does count as a CINEPOCALYPSE shift so you can get a comp ticket.

Any questions can be directed to Claire Alden claire@musicboxtheatre.com

Movies & Showtimes for
Cinepocalypse 2018

Thu, Jun 21st
The Domestics + Opening Night Celebration

7:30PM
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Fri, Jun 22nd
Satan's Slaves

12:30PM
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Fri, Jun 22nd
The Ranger

2:30PM
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Fri, Jun 22nd
The Devil's Doorway

4:45PM
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Fri, Jun 22nd
Hover

7:00PM
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Fri, Jun 22nd
Await Further Instructions

9:30PM
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Fri, Jun 22nd
Heavy Trip

9:45PM
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Fri, Jun 22nd
The Cop Baby

11:45PM
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Fri, Jun 22nd
What Keeps You Alive

11:59PM
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Sat, Jun 23rd
A Prayer Before Dawn

1:00PM
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Sat, Jun 23rd
Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight

5:00PM
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Sat, Jun 23rd
Judgment Night

7:30PM
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Sat, Jun 23rd
Shorts Program: Short Trip to Hell

9:30PM
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Sat, Jun 23rd
Boogeyman Pop

10:15PM
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Sat, Jun 23rd
The Brink

11:45PM
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Sat, Jun 23rd
Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

11:59PM
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Sun, Jun 24th
Wolfman's Got Nards

11:45AM
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Sun, Jun 24th
Juice

2:15PM
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Sun, Jun 24th
Empathy Inc.

5:00PM
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Sun, Jun 24th
Malicious

7:30PM
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Sun, Jun 24th
Clara's Ghost

9:30PM
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Sun, Jun 24th
Summer of '84

9:45PM
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Mon, Jun 25th
The Captain

2:30PM
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Mon, Jun 25th
Clara's Ghost

5:00PM
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Mon, Jun 25th
Howard the Duck

7:00PM
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Mon, Jun 25th
The Cop Baby

9:30PM
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Mon, Jun 25th
Satan's Slaves

9:45PM
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Tue, Jun 26th
Luciferina

4:30PM
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Tue, Jun 26th
The Russian Bride

7:00PM
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Tue, Jun 26th
Relaxer

7:15PM
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Tue, Jun 26th
The Ranger

9:15PM
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Tue, Jun 26th
Gags

9:30PM
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Wed, Jun 27th
Relaxer

2:30PM
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Wed, Jun 27th
Heavy Trip

4:45PM
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Wed, Jun 27th
Bound

7:00PM
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Wed, Jun 27th
The Appearance

9:45PM
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Thu, Jun 28th
Shorts Program: Short Trip to Hell

1:45PM
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Thu, Jun 28th
The Brink

3:45PM
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Thu, Jun 28th
The Secret Poppo

6:00PM
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Thu, Jun 28th
Killer Klowns From Outer Space

8:30PM
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Thu, Jun 28th
Luciferina

9:30PM
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The Appearance

A FILM BY: Kurt Knight
WRITTEN BY: Kurt Knight
STARRING: Jake Stormoen, Kristian Nairn, Adam Johnson, Bailey Self

World Premiere | Cast and crew in attendance for a post-film Q&A

Mateho (Jake Stormoen), an officer of the Inquisition and rational man of science, visits a remote monastery to investigate a bizarre murder of a monk. And you guessed it: something evil is afoot. But is the terror man-made or the result of witchcraft? You’ll have a gnarly time finding out in this incredibly eerie, evocative medieval thriller. Plus, “Game of Thrones” fans should keep an eye out for Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor), who pops up as the Inquisitor’s loyal sidekick Johnny. The follow-up work from the director of the zombie-infused family drama WE ALL FALL DOWN.

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Await Further Instructions

A FILM BY: Johnny Kevorkian
WRITTEN BY: Gavin Williams
STARRING: Sam Gittins, Neerja Naik, David Bradley, Grant Masters

Take the techno-paranoia of Black Mirror, add the intergalactic body horror of John Carpenter's THE THING, adapt them into a VHS board game, and wrap it all up in a bitingly satirical Christmas-movie package, and what do you get? Await Further Instructions, the new film from British director Johnny Kevorkian that makes its world premiere at Cinepocalypse. David Bradley of Game Of Thrones, Doctor Who, and Harry Potter fame co-stars as a crotchety old grandpa in the story of a family that wakes up on Christmas morning to find their house surrounded by a mysterious, seemingly alien substance and a cryptic message on their TV: "Await Further Instructions.'

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Language: English
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From A Mythical Man

A FILM BY: Tommy Avallone
WRITTEN BY: Tommy Avallone, Max Paolucci
STARRING: John Barnhardt, Johnathan Davis, Albert DiGiacomo

Midwest Premiere | Director Tommy Avallone in attendance for a post-film Q&A

You've heard the tales--random chance encounters with funny man Billy Murray--some of which sound more like urban legend than reality. The Bill Murray Stories chronicles one man's journey to find meaning in Murray's many unexpected adventures with everyday people, using rare and never-before seen footage of the comedic icon popping in on events like he was beamed in from outer space. Whether he's singing karaoke late at night with strangers, crashing a kickball game in the middle of the afternoon, or posing as part of a wedding party, Bill Murray lives in the moment and, by doing so, gives us all hope that a similar kind of magic will touch our lives as well. (Bill Murray is NOT expected to attend...but you never really know, do you?)

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 70 mins
Format: DCP

Boogeyman Pop

A FILM BY: Brad Michael Elmore
WRITTEN BY: Brad Michael Elmore
STARRING: M.C. Gainey, James Paxton, Alixandra von Renner

World Premiere | Director Brad Michael Elmore in attendance for a post-film Q&A

Set over the course of one summer weekend, a bat-wielding, masked killer in a rusted- out black Cadillac weaves in and out of three interlocking stories awash in sex, drugs, punk rock, black magic, and broken homes. 

Starring James Paxton (son of the late, great Bill Paxton) and produced by ROGUE ONE screenwriter Chris Weitz, who discovered writer/director Brad Michael Elmore's micro-budget debut THE WOLFMAN'S HAMMER on Youtube, the film was eventually brought to the prolific Blumhouse team who hopped on board enthusiastically. That's one hell of a creative force, and because of it BOOGEYMAN POP oozes with everything we love about genre cinema. Our favorite festival moments are the ones when we get to discover the emergence of a talented & unique filmmaker. This is punk rock filmmaking at its finest, and it's one of those festival moments you won't want to miss.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Bound

A FILM BY: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
WRITTEN BY: Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
STARRING: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano

Director/Writer Lana Wachowski in attendance

Three years before they delivered THE MATRIX (and redefined action movies forever), the Wachowski siblings offered up a sensual, razor-sharp film noir throwback as their debut feature. Bolstered by career-best performances from Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, and Joe Pantoliano, Bound centers on two women scheming to rip off a dangerous gangster by stealing $2 million from his money launderer, whose unexpected reaction to being a scapegoat threatens to derail the plan. With a groundbreaking lesbian love story at its driving force, the filmmakers bring copious amounts of wit, style, brains, sexiness, and a refreshingly progressive attitude to this landmark crime drama.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1996
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 108 mins
Format: 35mm

The Brink

A FILM BY: Jonathan Li
WRITTEN BY: Paco Wong
STARRING: Ka Tung Lam, Janice Man, Cecilia So

North American Premiere

Reckless police inspector Tung (Zhang Jin) is on a mission to crack down on Shing's (Shawn Yue) gold-smuggling operation, yet fails to apprehend the criminal. As Tung continues the manhunt, he discovers Shing's involvement with triad boss Blackie (Yasuaki Kurata), who hides on a casino cruise ship on the high seas. Shing has been involved in a power struggle within the smuggling ring and is forced to kill his adopted father while also losing his share of the smuggling business to Blackie. To get even, Shing appears on the cruise, Tung is there to hunt him down, and bullets and fists start flying. The directing debut from veteran assistant director Jonathan Li, The Brink is a classic shoot 'em up, concluding with an epic fight sequence on the ship during a typhoon.

In Cantonese and Mandarin with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: China
Language: Chinese (Mandarin)
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: DCP

The Captain

A FILM BY: Robert Schwentke
WRITTEN BY: Robert Schwentke
STARRING: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Bernd Hölscher, Waldemar Kobus, Alexander Fehling, Samuel Finzi

Based on a disturbing true story, the film follows Willi Herold (Max Hubacher), a German army deserter who stumbles across an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform during the desperate final weeks of the Third Reich. Emboldened by the stolen suit, Willi discovers that many of his countrymen will follow anyone in a uniform giving orders, and the result is a parade of fresh, deprived atrocities that serve as a profound reminder of the consequences of social conformity and unchecked political power.

“Relentless ... Arresting ... Darkly evocative.” - The Hollywood Reporter

"Fully understands the psychology of the German soldiers and offers unflinching, timeless truth.” - RogerEbert.com

In German with English subtitles

CLICK HERE for an Exclusive Music Box Interview with Director Robert Schwentke

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Germany
Language: German
Run Time: 118 mins
Format: DCP

Clara's Ghost

A FILM BY: Bridey Elliott
WRITTEN BY: Bridey Elliott
STARRING: Paula Niedert Elliott, Chris Elliott, Abby Elliott

Midwest Premiere

In a true family affair, actor Ted Reynolds (Chris Elliot) and Clara (his real-life wife Paula Niedert Elliott), his scattered, homemaker wife, welcome their 20-something daughters—a pair of former child stars (and real sisters, SNL alum Abby Elliottand writer/director Bridey Elliott)—back to their Connecticut home so Ted and the girls can be in a family-themed photo shoot for an airplane magazine. The hard-drinking clan’s banter becomes increasingly bitter and petty, and the reunion devolves into a drunken, hurtful and darkly funny mess. As if that weren’t enough, a ghost that only Clara can see urges her to confront her self-centered family.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 80 mins
Format: DCP

The Cop Baby

A FILM BY: Alexander Andrushenko
WRITTEN BY: Andrey Zolotarev
STARRING: Elizaveta Arzamasova, Sergey Garmash, Yang Ge

North American Premiere

Having failed a large covert operation and being cursed by a vengeful fortune teller, Major Chromov is trapped inside a baby's body. The only way for Major Chromov to return to his body is to finish the operation and hunt down the most dangerous crime boss of the local mafia as a MUTHAFUCKING COP BABY.

In Russian with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Russian Federation
Language: Russian
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

The Devil's Doorway

A FILM BY: Aislinn Clarke
WRITTEN BY: Martin Brennan, Aislinn Clarke
STARRING: Lalor Roddy, Ciaran Flynn, Helena Bereen

Midwest Premiere

If you spend much time on the horror film festival circuit, you know that we've had a fantastic infusion of Irish genre films over the past few years -- and this creepy, novel import from the Emerald Isle seems likely to keep that trend cooking. And if you think you've seen everything "found footage" has to offer, feel free to settle in with this eerie tale of two priests who travel to a secluded home for "fallen women," only to discover a horrifying conspiracy that may or may not be supernatural in nature

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Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Ireland
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

The Domestics + Opening Night Celebration

A FILM BY: Mike P. Nelson
WRITTEN BY: Mike P. Nelson
STARRING: Tyler Hoechlin, Kate Bosworth, Sonoya Mizuno

Opening Night | World Premiere | Director Mike P. Nelson in attendance for a post-film Q&A

We’re kicking off Cinepocalypse 2018 with a thunderous bang in what will certainly be one of the most talked about genre films this year. It’s MAD MAX meets THE PURGE in THE DOMESTICS, an absolutely savage survival love story following a young couple (Tyler Hoechlin & Kate Bosworth) as they fight to return home through a post-apocalyptic mid-western wasteland ravaged by terrifying and sadistic gangs. From the legendary Orion Pictures, THE DOMESTICS is an action spectacle that boasts explosive set pieces and delivers nonstop action until the suspense-filled finale that will leave your jaw shattered on the floor. With his feature length debut, writer/director Mike P. Nelson establishes himself as a breakout filmmaker, weaving together incredible performances from Bosworth, Hoechlin, Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina), and Lance Reddick (John Wick), into an epic white-knuckled roller coaster ride of cult-classic bound badassery.


Opening Night Party included with ticket purchase

Join the Music Box Theatre, in conjunction with the World Premiere of THE DOMESTICS, for a very special Cinepocalypse Opening Night Celebration!

Featuring GOURMET WALKING TACOS from Taco in a Bag, as well as COMPLIMENTARY BEER AND SPIRITS from Hendricks Gin, Snow Leopard Vodka, Shackleton Blended Scotch, Highland Park Magnus Single Malt Scotch, Chareau Aloe Liqueur, Cutwater Spirits, Haymarket Brewing, Founders Brewing, Goose Island, Collective Arts Brewing and Angry Orchard Hard Cider!

Visit our spectacular VENDORS of Books, Music & Curio, featuring Sideshow Gallery, Quimby's Book Store and Bucket o' Blood Books and Records with MUSIC by Bucket o' Blood and TAROT READINGS by the fabulous Mistress Cavatica!

POSTERS, PINS & ZINES from Chicago's most face-melting ARTISTS, including Hate Baby Comix, Printsploitation, Johnathen La Mantia, Eric Rot & Putrid Gore!

Join us for a special, complimentary DRINKING GAME SCREENING of the most excellent classic, BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE!

Featuring killer original props from the brutal, gang-filled post-apocalyptic wasteland of THE DOMESTICS, this Opening Night Celebration is available to all ticket holders, and something you'll only find at Cinepocalypse! Be there or beware for this kickass party with the Music Box Theatre!

For more information CLICK HERE to visit our event page for THE DOMESTICS.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

Empathy Inc.

A FILM BY: Yedidya Gorsetman
WRITTEN BY: Mark Leidner
STARRING: Zack Robidas, Kathy Searle, Eric Berryman, Jay Klaitz

World Premiere | Director Yedidya Gorsetman, Producer Josh Itzkowitz, and Writer Mark Leidner in attendance

In this twisted, sometimes-brutal, black-and-white work from director Yedidya Gorsetman, hotshot venture capitalist Joel (Zack Robidas) has a multimillion-dollar deal go up in smoke, and he and his actress wife Jessica (Kathy Searle) are forced to move in with her parents and start from scratch. At the lowest and most desperate moment in his life, Joel meets old friend Nicolaus (Eric Berryman) and his business partner Lester (Jay Klaitz), who are seeking investors in a new technology known as XVR—Xtreme Virtual Reality—from their company Empathy, Inc., which is said to offer the most realistic and moving experiences for users by placing them in the lives of the less fortunate. Joel gets the startup its funds but soon discovers that the tech's creators have far more sinister uses in store for their creation and that the reality it provides its customers isn't virtual.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

Gags

A FILM BY: Adam Krause
WRITTEN BY: Adam Krause, John Pata
STARRING: Lauren Ashley Carter, Tracy Perez, Aaron Christensen

World Premiere | Director Adam Krause, Cast and Crew in attendance for a post-film Q&A

Remember the photos of a horrifying clown in Wisconsin that went viral and ended up on the nightly news scaring the hell out of viewers all across the world? This marketing stunt for Adam Krause short film, GAGS, sparked a nationwide resurgence in the clown-roaming phenomenon (yes, that's a thing). Now a feature film designed to send those with coulrophobia (look it up) into a life-threatening panic, a mysterious clown named "Gags" appears in Green Bay, setting off a night of madness in which four separate subplots -- involving a reporter, a right-wing podcast pundit, a pair of cops, and a trio of troublemaking teens -- converge to solve the creepy case. Fans of "killer clown" cinema (clownsploitation?) will appreciate this flick's new wrinkles, as well as its sly sense of humor that takes aim at socio-political issues and the news media (as represented by indie horror star Lauren Ashley Carter).Yes, you will be scared shitless, especially when you discover Gags' true intentions.


***Short Film: CANINE - Dir: Sean Richard Budde plays prior to the start of the feature***


***Robert Cargill will be selling and signing his books WE ARE WHERE THE NIGHTMARES GO and SEA OF RUST in the Music Box Lounge from 6:30-9:30pm. Come early or stay late to hang out and meet co-jury president of Cinepocalypse.***

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

Heavy Trip

A FILM BY: Juuso Laatio, Jukka Vidgren
WRITTEN BY: Juuso Laatio, Aleksi Puranen
STARRING: Torstein Bjørklund, Antti Heikkinen, Ville Hilska

Playing October 5th-11th

Doppelgänger Releasing  Presentation

Hailing from a small village in Northern Finland, musician Turo (Johannes Holopainen) is trying to overcome his fears by leading the an unknown heavy metal cover band, Impaled Rektum, to Norway's biggest metal festival. This road trip comedy includes a musical brotherhood, grave robbing, Viking heaven, and an armed conflict between Finland and Norway. HEAVY TRIP marks the feature debut for co-directors Juuso Laatio and Jukka Vidgren.

“Jukka Vidgren and Juuso Laatio’s breakout film is a metal movie for the ages.” -- Birth.Death.Movies

In Finnish with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Finland
Language: Finnish
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: DCP

Hover

A FILM BY: Matt Osterman
WRITTEN BY: Cleopatra Coleman
STARRING: Cleopatra Coleman, Shane Coffey, Leo Fitzpatrick, Beth Grant

World Premiere | Director Matt Osterman and Cleopatra Coleman in person for a post-film Q&A

Set in a near future where environmental strain has caused food shortages around the world, the film envisions a world where technology provides a narrow path forward, with agricultural drones maximizing the yield from what land remains. Two compassionate care providers, Claudia ("The Last Man on Earth" star Cleopatra Coleman, who also wrote the screenplay) and her mentor John (Craig muMs Grant), work to assist sick farmland inhabitants in ending their lives. But after John dies under mysterious circumstances, a group of locals helps Claudia uncover a deadly connection between the health of her clients and the technology they are using. Shane Coffey, Leo Fitzpatrick, and Beth Grant co-star in this science-fiction thriller.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

Howard the Duck

A FILM BY: Willard Huyck
WRITTEN BY: Willard Huyck, Steve Gerber (based on the character by)
STARRING: Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins

***In 70MM***

Is it a guilty pleasure, a trainwreck, or a misunderstood masterpiece? The world may never agree, but there's one thing you can definitively say about George Lucas' cinematic interpretation of the cult favorite Marvel comic book about a wise-quacking duck trapped in a world he never made: it sure isn't boring. Whether you're amazed at how weird this mega-budget adaptation turned out to be (made all the more bizarre via this rare 70mm screening), or you're savoring the underappreciated comedic contributions from Lea Thompson and Tim Robbins, there's no denying that HOWARD THE DUCK gives movie geeks and comic book nuts something to talk/argue about.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1986
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 110 mins
Format: 70mm

Judgment Night

A FILM BY: Stephen Hopkins
WRITTEN BY: Lewis Colick (story), Jere Cunningham (story)
STARRING: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis Leary

Director Stephen Hopkins in attendance

Already a veteran of rough, tough genre flicks after A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1985) and Predator 2 (1990), director Stephen Hopkins went with Judgment Night (1993) for his third American feature, and created one of the most celebrated street cred bad-ass urban thrillers of our generation. Featuring a now legendary ensemble cast (Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jeremy Piven, Stephen Dorff) this pre-GPS "holy shit, we got off the wrong exit nightmare scenario" follows four friends as they get lost in Chicago (!!), witness a murder and then have to run for their lives when the villainous Denis Leary shows up. What more can we say then "this is one of our all time favorites". We've been planning this screening for years, and if you've seen it, you've been waiting for this screening for years. So, breakout that hall of fame soundtrack (the first to ever merge hip-hop acts with heavy metal bands) and bang your head in anticipation for (Biohazard/Onyx scream): JUUUUUUUDGEMENT NIIIIIGHT!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1993
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 110 mins
Format: DCP

Juice

A FILM BY: Ernest R. Dickerson
WRITTEN BY: Ernest R. Dickerson (story), Gerard Brown (screenplay)
STARRING: Omar Epps, Tupac Shakur, Jermaine 'Huggy' Hopkins

Director Ernest R. Dickerson in person for a post-film Q&A

After years of working as a celebrated cinematographer on such iconic films as John Sayles' THE BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET and Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING, Ernest Dickerson made his directorial debut with this story of four Harlem teens who plan a grocery store robbery to earn "the juice," or respect. But their pursuit of power and happiness takes an unexpected and dangerous turn. This landmark work for fans of hip-hop culture features early screen appearances by Tupac Shakur, Omar Epps, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1992
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 95 mins
Format: 35mm

Killer Klowns From Outer Space

A FILM BY: The Chiodo Brothers
WRITTEN BY: Charles Chiodo, Stephen Chiodo
STARRING: Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, John Allen Nelson

***Closing Night | The Chiodo Brothers in attendance for a post-film Q&A | 30th Anniversary Celebration***

When you think of cult cinema in its purest, most deviant form, a handful of titles spring to mind, but few are as beautiful, nostalgic, bizarre, and iconic as the Chiodo Brothers 1988 feature debut, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE. Simply put, this is one of our favorite films of all time, and if you've seen it, then this tale of a small town invaded by murderous aliens that just happen to look like clowns is likely high on your list as well. Using a twisted blend of '50s-style monster movies, dark humor, and some truly creative, colorful ways to die, the film solidifies the idea that clowns should be feared and that ice cream trucks will always be the first line of defense against alien invasion. Do not miss your chance to see this legendary work with an audience!


Closing Night Party included with ticket purchase

Closing night party located down the street at D'Agostino's Pizza (1351 West Addison Street) with complimentary food and drink.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1988
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 88 mins
Format: 35mm

Luciferina

A FILM BY: Gonzalo Calzada
WRITTEN BY: Gonzalo Calzada
STARRING: Victoria Carreras, Gastón Cocchiarale, Agustin Daulte

North American Premiere

Nineteen-year-old nun-in-training Natalia (newcomer Sofia Del Tuffo) reluctantly returns home to say goodbye to her dying father. However, when she meets up with her sister and her friends, they all decide to travel into the jungle in search of mystical plant. But what they find instead is a world of black masses, strange pregnancies, violent deaths, as well as a climactic, shocking clash with the Devil himself that will leave you speechless.

In Spanish with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Argentina
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 101 mins
Format: DCP

Malicious

A FILM BY: Michael Winnick
WRITTEN BY: Michael Winnick
STARRING: Bojana Novakovic, Josh Stewart, Delroy Lindo

World Premiere | Director Michael Winnick in attendance for a post-film Q&A

When young college professor Adam (Josh Stewart, THE COLLECTOR, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 4) and his pregnant wife Lisa (Bojana Novakovic, DRAG ME TO HELL) suffer a traumatic event, they find themselves along with Lisa's sister Becky (Melissa Bolona) haunted—and connected—to a malicious entity. Only when Adam calls upon colleague Dr. Clark (Delroy Lindo), a professor of parapsychology, does the true horror of what is happening become clear. From Executive Producer Shaun Reddick (Get Out).

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

A Prayer Before Dawn

A FILM BY: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
WRITTEN BY: Jonathan Hirschbein (screenplay), Nick Saltrese (screenwriter)
STARRING: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Nicolas Shake

Midwest Premiere

Based on the remarkable true story of Billy Moore (Joe Cole), a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand's most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realizes this might be his chance to get out. Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to preserve his life and regain his freedom. Shot in a an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, A Prayer Before Dawn is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth. Directed by rising newcomer Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog).

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: Thailand
Language: Thai
Run Time: 116 mins
Format: DCP

Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich

A FILM BY: Sonny Laguna, Tommy Wiklund
WRITTEN BY: S. Craig Zahler
STARRING: Thomas Lennon, Michael Paré, Udo Kier

Midwest Premiere

Astute horror fans know the long and colorful history of the Puppet Master franchise: kicked off in 1989 and boasting no less than ten wild sequels, it has blossomed into one of the most beloved series on the indie horror circuit. (Probably because the flicks are loaded with crazy little homicidal puppets, many of which are available in nifty replica form.) But now the franchise is getting a reboot of sorts, courtesy of the man who wrote Bone Tomahawk, a pair of directors who are more than willing to get gory, nasty, and politically incorrect, and a top-notch genre flick ensemble that'll keep those horrors fans happy.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 84 mins
Format: DCP

The Ranger

A FILM BY: Jenn Wexler
WRITTEN BY: Giaco Furino, Jenn Wexler
STARRING: Chloe Levine, Jeremy Holm, Granit Lahu

Illinois Premiere

Jenn Wexler's feature debut THE RANGER has been tearing up film festivals across the South since its premiere at SXSW, and now this wildly energetic love letter to punk rock and '80s slasher movies is crowdsurfing its way to its Midwest premiere at Cinepocalypse. Starring Chloe Levine as a pink-haired punk on the run with her bratty friends and Jeremy Holm as the unhinged ranger who enforces park rules with bear traps and a shotgun, The Ranger is best played at maximum volume.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 77 mins
Format: DCP

Relaxer

A FILM BY: Joel Potrykus
WRITTEN BY: Joel Potrykus
STARRING: Joshua Burge, David Dastmalchian, Andre Hyland

Illinois Premiere

With the impending Y2K apocalypse fast approaching, Abbie (Joshua Burge) is issued the ultimate challenge by his older brother (David Dastmalchen)--to conquer the unbeatable record set by the notorious Billy Mitchell and get past Level 256 on Pac-Man--and he can't get off the couch until he conquers it...no matter what. Abbie must survive with no food or water, and idiot friends and toxic gas getting in his face. But his secret 3D glasses begin to give him new abilities, controlling the powers of his tiny universe. A survival story set in a living room.


***Short Film: SPELL CLAIRE - Dir: Greg Emataz plays prior to the start of the feature***

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: DCP

The Russian Bride

A FILM BY: Michael S. Ojeda
WRITTEN BY: Michael S. Ojeda
STARRING: Oksana Orlan, Kristina Pimenova, Corbin Bernsen

World Premiere | Director Michael Ojeda in attendance for a post-film Q&A

A Russian woman (Oksana Orlan) travels with her 11-year-old daughter (Kristina Pimenova) to America, with plans to marry an eccentric billionaire baron (Corbin Bernsen) offering them hopes for a better life. Arriving at his luxurious estate in the dead of winter and miles from civilization, the two are quickly enchanted by the reclusive man's charm. But the promise of a fairy tale existence ends as the rich man's tragic secret past is revealed and his resulting madness surfaces, turning their lives into a living hell. In a shocking final act, the baron's sinister plans are exposed, and the mother and daughter find themselves fighting for survival.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 100 mins
Format: DCP

Satan's Slaves

A FILM BY: Joko Anwar
WRITTEN BY: Joko Anwar, Sisworo Gautama Putra
STARRING: Bront Palarae, Tara Basro, Endy Arfian

Midwest Premiere

Joko Anwar's remake of the 1980s Indonesian horror classic SATAN'S SLAVES proves that two things are universal: Nostalgia and the power of a good haunted house movie. Anwar uses every filmmaking trick at his disposal to create a giddy roller-coaster ride of a film, powered by strong performances from its child cast and a sustained bombardment of scares that starts early and doesn't let up until the all-out Satanic madness of the climax. A gigantic hit in its native Indonesia, SATAN'S SLAVES will have you clutching your armrests no matter what language you speak.

In Indonesian with English subtitles

Technical Information

Production Year: 2017
Country of Origin: Indonesia
Language: Indonesian
Run Time: 107 mins
Format: DCP

The Secret Poppo

A FILM BY: Nevi Cline, Zach Harris, Sean Pierce
WRITTEN BY: Nevi Cline, Zach Harris
STARRING: Nick Luzietti, Karen Schmitz, Jenna Kurinski

U.S. Premiere

In this largely improvised comedy from the directors of MEATHEAD GOES HOGWILD, Hall of Fame Architect and untrained actor Nick Luzietti (also a Chicago local!) shines in easily the most peculiar, wild, and just down-right fucking crazy performance you'll see at this years festival (he's incredible). Shot on location in Chicago, THE SECRET POPPO follows Luzietti as he discovers that not only does he have a granddaughter he never knew about, but she's also missing! What happens from there can only be described as THE PINK PANTHER crossed with an acid trip (yes of course that's a compliment).

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 86 mins
Format: DCP

Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss By Passing Through the Gateway Chosen By the Holy Storsh

A FILM BY: Vivieno Caldinelli
WRITTEN BY: Christopher Hewitson, Clayton Hewitson
STARRING: Kate Micucci, Taika Waititi, Sam Huntington

Midwest Premiere

A small-town Ohio couple (Kate Micucci and Sam Huntington) thinks they've found the perfect, inexpensive Los Angeles apartment, except for one catch: the domicile is home to the ritualistic suicides of a deranged cult, led by its mysterious leader (Taika Waititi). And the guru's followers keep breaking into the couple's home to kill themselves in his honor. But rather than move out, the pair become increasingly fascinated by the cult's belief system. Filled to the brim with funny cameos from the likes of Mindy Sterling, Mark McKinney, Dan Harmon, Maria Bamford, Brian Posehn, and Dana Gould, this surreal pitch-black comedy (courtesy of first-time feature director Vivieno Caldinelli) moves from unpredictable to unconventional while maintaining a great deal of charm and heart.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 90 mins
Format: DCP

Shorts Program: Short Trip to Hell

Shorts Featured in This Year's Program

PAGE ONE - Dir: Don P. Hooper

STAYDir: David Mikalson

THE BLOODY BALLAD OF SQUIRT REYNOLDSDir: Anthony Cousins

BRACE FACEDir: Jonathan Holbrook & Elena Stecca

THE DAUGHTERS OF VIRTUEDir: Michael Escobedo

QUIVERDir: Shayna Connelly

THE CHAIRMANDir: Frank White

MAINLINEDir: Eric Kleifield

OXFORD COMADir: Jake Jarvi

 

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Run Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP

Summer of '84

A FILM BY: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
WRITTEN BY: Matt Leslie, Stephen Smith
STARRING: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery

For 15-year-old Davey (Graham Verchere), the thought of having a serial killer in his suburban town circa the 1980s is a scary yet exciting prospect at the start of a lazy summer. In hormonal overdrive, Davey and his friends dream of sexual conquests until the news reports of the Cape May Killer. Davey convinces his friends that they must investigate, and they come to the conclusion that his next-door neighbor, an unassuming, single police officer, could be the prime suspect. Is this a case of successful amateur sleuthing, or simply an overactive imagination fueled by Reagan-era paranoia? From the directing trio that brought the world 2015's TURBO KID.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 105 mins
Format: DCP

Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight

A FILM BY: Ernest R. Dickerson
WRITTEN BY: Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris
STARRING: Billy Zane, William Sadler, John Kassir

Director Ernest R. Dickerson in person for a post-film Q&A

For his third time in the director's chair -- after the celebrated Juice (1992) and the cult classic Surviving the Game (1994) -- Ernest Dickerson teamed up with Tales from the Crypt producers Richard Donner, Walter Hill, and Robert Zemeckis to bring the popular HBO series to the big screen. The result is a tongue-in-cheek, over-the-top comedy/horror mash-up about a demon who lays siege to a sleepy bed & breakfast. Plus, like the finest Tales from the Crypt episodes, this flick is stocked with lovable performers like Billy Zane, Dick Miller, Jada Pinkett Smith, CCH Pounder, Thomas Haden Church, and, of course, Cinepocalypse favorite William Sadler.

Technical Information

Production Year: 1995
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 92 mins
Format: 35mm

What Keeps You Alive

A FILM BY: Colin Minihan
WRITTEN BY: Colin Minihan
STARRING: Hannah Emily Anderson, Brittany Allen, Martha MacIsaac

WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE, Colin Minihan's artfully suspenseful follow-up to his 2016 film IT STAINS THE SANDS RED, opens with two women pulling up to a remote cabin to celebrate their wedding anniversary. But don't expect your standard pick-'em-off slasher storyline. Both a brutal tale of survival horror and a devastating relationship drama, WHAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE turns on a shocking act of betrayal early in the film and only gets more twisted from there.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 98 mins
Format: DCP

Wolfman's Got Nards

A FILM BY: André Gower
WRITTEN BY: André Gower
STARRING: Shane Black, Fred Dekker, Seth Green

Midwest Premiere

A heartfelt documentary exploring the power of the 1987 cult film The Monster Squad and its 30-year impact on its rabid fan base, the cast and crew, and the future of tween horror comedies. Making his feature debut, actor-turned-director André Gower brings us behind the scenes on the making of the film and digs into what made viewing it such a defining part of many genre fans' upbringing.

Technical Information

Production Year: 2018
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 91 mins
Format: DCP

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